The activist Yuri Kochiyama died at the age of 93. Here is all you want to know and more!
Biography - A Short Wiki
American civil rights activist who was influenced by her Japanese-American family’s experience in an American internment camp during World War II. She fought for causes including reparations for Japanese-American internees, black separatism, the anti-war movement and the rights of political prisoners.
She attended Compton College, where she studied English, journalism and art.
She was a prominent member of the Nation of Islam and was present at Malcolm X’s assassination in 1965. She held him as he lay dying, and a famous photo appeared in Life capturing that moment.
She was born and raised in San Pedro, California. In 1946, she married Bill Kochiyama, a Japanese-American who fought for the United States. They had six children.
She admired Mao Zedong and Ho Chi Minh.
How did Yuri Kochiyama die?
Civil right activist Yuri Kochiyama, whose photograph famously appeared in Life magazine cradling the head of Malcom X moments after he was shot, has died of natural causes in her Berkeley home. She was 93. Kochiyama’s family said she died in her sleep Sunday.
"Projects meant living with blacks and Puerto Ricans, but that's what we wanted. Living in the projects, we've met so many wonderful, wonderful people."Yuri Kochiyama
"I tell you, in this country, you don't get much of an education. Throughout high school, through junior college, which is all I went, I didn't know anything about the annihilation of all the Indian nations that were here."Yuri Kochiyama
"I lived in San Pedro, California, which is, you know, on the west side of California, and it's where many, many Japanese lived."Yuri Kochiyama
"I didn't wake up and decide to become an activist. But you couldn't help notice the inequities, the injustices. It was all around you."Yuri Kochiyama
"When you're in a black group, you have to keep in mind you're not black. You just have to be sensitive. We have to be appreciative that the black nationalist struggle is a nationalist struggle."Yuri Kochiyama